Posts tagged sexism
Posts tagged sexism
The ACLU describes why it’s not a violation of your freedom of religion to enforce laws that limit discrimination- and demonstrates that it’s well established with legal precedent.
While today’s controversy centers around access to contraception and eradicating gender discrimination, the claim that the business makes in today’s case – that religious objections should trump laws designed to promote equality – is not unique. A few examples:• In 1966, three African-American customers brought a suit against Piggie Park restaurants, and their owner, Maurice Bessinger, for refusal to serve them. Bessinger argued that enforcement of the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits that type of discrimination, violated his religious freedom “since his religious beliefs compel[ed] him to oppose any integration of the races whatever.”
• In 1976, Roanoke Valley Christian Schools added a “head of household” supplement to their teachers’ salaries – which according to their beliefs meant married men, and not women. When sued under the Equal Pay Act, Roanoke Valley claimed a right to an exemption. According to the church pastor affiliated with the school, “[w]hen we turned to the Scriptures to determine head of household, by scriptural basis, we found that the Bible clearly teaches that the husband is the head of the house, head of the wife, head of the family.”• In the 1980’s, Bob Jones University, a religiously-affiliated school in South Carolina, wanted an exemption from a rule denying tax-exempt status to schools that practice racial discrimination. The “sponsors of the University genuinely believe[d] that the Bible forbids interracial dating and marriage,” and it was school policy that students engaged in interracial relationships, or advocacy thereof, would be expelled.
Fortunately, in all of these cases, the court rejected the claim that religious beliefs can trump anti-discrimination laws. Even in the 1960’s, the court recognized that although a business owner has a constitutional right to express his religious beliefs, he does not have an absolute right to exercise such beliefs “in utter disregard” of the rights of others. The court in today’s case should follow history and what courts have long recognized: that religion is not a license to discriminate.
the 27th of this month at Mercury Cafe at 7pm the Denver ISO will be doing a talk/discussion entitted “You’re Not Crazy, It’s Sexism.”
My friend Marie is going to be leading the talk and I’m going to be moderating! We are not speakers and are both nervous, but very passionate, and would love for more people to be there!
If you are my tumblr friend, come on! This will be a good chance to meet =]
I’ll definitely be there!
As I get older I’m realizing, more and more frequently, that George Carlin was wrong about a lot of things. A lot of things. But he was absolutely right about sex work. Selling is legal. Sex is legal. Why is selling sex not legal?
It doesn’t make you less of a person. It doesn’t change anything about you, other than your current employment situation. It’s filling the gap in a long-existing market, which is supposed to be exactly the sort of thing that capitalists and free-market advocates are all about. How do we live in a country that supports child labor before it shows support for a woman’s right to do what they damn well please with their own bodies?
Melissa Petro has two masters degrees, one of which is in Childhood Education, but she isn’t qualified to teach school children because she used to have sex more than some people? Or is it because she found a way to pay for her education that didn’t involve six-figure debt, thanks to a job without long hours. and didn’t interfere with the number of other projects she filled her life with?
Regardless, I call bullshit.
The first Year of the Woman was 1992, when a number of women were elected to the Senate. A lot of elections since then have been dubbed that as well, and the 2010 midterms were supposed to be another female sweep, yet their numbers actually declined slightly in that election.
But taking a step back for a bit, this chart makes it seem a little silly to say that any year has truly been a Year of the Woman for the United States Congress…
The chart comes from a new report by the Congressional Research Service on the demographics of Congress. Note the highest value in the vertical axis of the first chart is just 18 percent. We haven’t broken that mark in either the Senate or the House yet, even though women are over half the American population. It’s been almost 100 years since the first woman was elected to Congress (not to mention that we’ve had the vote since 1920), yet we haven’t even taken a quarter of the seats yet.
I’ve discussed the many reasons women don’t run for office before. A lot of them are hardwired through socialization into women’s heads at a young age. This is a systemic problem that doesn’t have many quick fixes. But it’s clear that we’re doing a pitiful job of making our political representation look like an actual representation of our people.
It’s inconceivable to me that people deny the clear oppression against women. Only around 16% of Congress is female, and the current numbers are almost record breaking (the record in the House is 95 women, compared to the current 92, and the Senate has the most women as members as it’s ever had except the 111th and 110th).
We should stop taxing women until they get proper representation.
These are the witnesses testifying on the birth control benefit right now- thank god these old, (mostly) white men are here to educate congress about women folk and their contraceptives. Image via Planned Parenthood’s Facebook page.
And by ‘people’ what I mean is ‘male Americans ages 14-24’. I just honestly don’t get the unending entertainment from it. Is it some sort of cognitive dissonance release, like by actually vocalizing the sexism that’s present daily they get some sort of psychological satisfaction? Jokes about women being bad drivers just aren’t funny. Jokes about women in the kitchen are so overplayed that even if it were funny, by now it would be run dead into the ground. I gotta stop reading comments in the morning, sets my mood directly to pissy.